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Against All Odds

2011 WIBA Championship Match

In an amazing bout, this past Saturday night a daughter of the soil gave her homeland another reason to hold its head up high and stand proud. One woman inspiring millions globally to always fight against all odds. Esther Phiri, 24 year old from Zambia became the Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) weltherweight champion in her hometown – Lusaka, Zambia. She is no stranger to throwing punches at whatever life brings her way. Fourth of eight children, only girl in her boxing program, a single mother at 16, and a struggling start to her career. However, training, dedication, and resiliency kept her competing from her first match on July 23, 2005 until her amazing feat this past weekend (January 29, 2011). I am quite certain that she probably endured some ridicule for entering a male profession.

It is truly awe-inspiring to see young African women embarking in untraditional career tracks. Having the courage to pursue their heart’s calling regardless of whether the world sees it as being “gender-appropriate”. Being fearless in living…
Life’s journey will take us on paths that we never envisioned. Sometimes, the end of our circumstances or current conditions is nowhere in sight. However, like Esther, we can hold on to our dream, nurture the fiery hope within, and throw a K.O. punch right back! Life is yours make of it whatever you will…but don’t give up. Dare to *Dream,* Create, *Live, and *Inspire.

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Esther Phiri



Sydney Stead's picture

Following Dreams...

Dearest Sharon,

Your words resonate deeply with me - pursuing one's heart's calling despite the many obstacles our complex world may through in our way and always having faith and courage. It's advice I strive to remember and genuinely hope you follow yourself and will continue sharing with our community. Esther is a wonderful symbol of following dreams and never giving up hope. Thank you so much for sharing this story.

Best wishes,

SAsong's picture

Thank's Sydney

I appreciate your kind words :-) It is a challenge sometimes to persevere. The hope for the vision is the fuel that keeps me going.

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